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Product: Audio CD
Title: Greatest Hits: My Prerogative (Limited Edition with Bonus CD)
Label: Jive
Artist: Britney Spears
Rating: 3/5
Customer rating - 3 out of 5
My Prerogative: The Greatest Hits by Britney Spears


Britney Spears is one of the greatest entertainers of the past decade without a question. And while there has been a lot of controversy surronding the queen of pop's every move, lets be honest here, Britney was successful not because of her sexuality, or because of her extensive media obsession, it wasn't because she was gorgeous, and it wasn't because she was every man's dream. While these things certainly did help, the real reason that she was successful is because once all the smoke cleared and the talking ceazed, the music was there. It was great pop music, some of it being a contender for the best of all time. She may not have had Christina's voice, but she had the hits and My Prerogative goes to show just how many she has.

You get the ones that started it all; "Baby One more Time", "(You Drive Me) Crazy" & "Oops! I Did it Again", and you get the ones that kept it going "I'm a Slave 4 U", "Toxic" & her newest "My Prerogative". "Me Against the Music" & "Everytime" from 2003's In the Zone are two of my all time favorite Britney songs, and who can resist the remixes of "Boys" with Pharrell Williams of the Neptunes & "Overprotected". Even the new songs, "(I've Just Begun) Having my Fun" & "Do Somethin" show that she is progressing and changing with the times, she is not afraid to reinvent herself and that shows her undeniable staying power.

The only complaint I have with this disc is that you don't get all of Britney's hits. Where are "Born to Make You Happy", "From the Bottom of my Broken Heart" & "Don't Let me Be the Last to Know"? I mean they were all included on the Greatest Hits DVD how come they weren't availble to those who bought the audio version of the compilation? Also there are some skippers on here such as "Lucky" & "Stronger" two songs that I really didn't get into the first time around either.

These hits are nostalgic, they bring you back to the time when you were growing up and those care free days when you first heard Britney on the radio and dancing down the halls of her catholic school girl outfit. Britney is a true entertainer and a phenom in her own right. The bonus disc filled with remixes is fantastic also, and me being a huge sucker for techno remixes was more than excited. Just wish that the album could have included all of her hits, other than that this is a great collection.



Product: Audio CD
Title: King Of The Streets
Label: Swishahouse
Artist:
Rating: 1/5
Customer rating - 1 out of 5
ya right


Man please. Dyke Jones is a joke. If your a rapper you have to come hard on everything you put down. That stuff about it just bein a mixtape so its not going to be as good sounds plain dumb. Don't make excuses cause he sucks. Any one verse from the king koopa kills everything and anything ever come out of mike jones mouth, and if it did come out his mouth its been repeated about 300 times by now. Who says the same line 4 times in a row in a song that ain't screwed. He's crap. He needs to quit wastin ink.



Product: Audio CD
Title: Sweets and Meats
Label: Asian Man
Artist: Dan Potthast
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
In my collection permanently


I saw Potthast once in San Francisco. What I heard appealled to me immediately. I'll never forget his performance. I could tell he listened to Costello, but what he did with that sound was...how can I describe it, part of that lineage in a very genuine way, but also with a strong ska influnce. Most of all, I'd like to say that Potthast's songwriting is a standout feature. He really knows what to do with a lyric and melody. Let me say that again: He REALLY knows what to do with a lyric and melody. This guy has got the sh*! when it comes to writing songs--my kind of songs, anyways.

I just found out that he has a whole body of work with a group called MU330. Never knew that!! He's totally prolific as well.






Product: Audio CD
Title: In The Zone
Label: Jive
Artist: Britney Spears
Rating: 3/5
Customer rating - 3 out of 5
Britney--still trying to find her place


Let me preface this review by saying, I don't have anything against Britney Spears. I like a lot of her music, I think she's expressing herself as a young artist, and she's really no better or no worse than most of what is on the scene in young female pop stars. Each one of them has their own issues, Britney has hers, but I believe Britney is having a hard time finding her place as an adult music artist.
The album is somewhat near the middle of what I'd called average/good (3.5 stars). Britney's voice has changed some or either it's the product of over-production in the studio (which isn't uncommon these days, see Jessica Simpson's In this Skin).Much of the music sounds familiar and somewhat duplicated from other artists (a little Madonna "Ray of Light" here, a little bit of Pink/No Doubt type songs, etc.). Obviously, much of it plays to the Euro/Asian fanbase--heavy techno beats, bubblegum poppy lyrics. But, somewhere along the way in the album, you have to wonder--is Britney lost? There's a lack of consistency in what she's singing here.
Better songs on the album--Breathe on Me, Touch of My Hand (I get what she's singing about, but there's a little bit of a double entendre going on here), and Toxic (so dang catchy). Not so good songs on the album--Shadow (by NO means a Don't Let Me Be the Last to Know), Early Mornin', Outrageous (I knew when I Believe I Could Fly came out R Kelly SUCKED).
For the listener--at least give the album a chance. For Britney-- please, find yourself and get back to us.